Roughly 4 weeks into my 6 week long “Wii Sports Experiment” I came across the site, Traineo.com. I began to use the site to track my fitness progress. I only wish I found it before I started, it truly is a site developed for and around the user. All of the data I was tracking by hand, they had tools for.
After my experiment came to an end, I found myself referring everyone who emailed me asking my routine and how I kept track of it to traineo. Soon after, I began talking with traineo about bringing Wii specific tools to their site. Traineo thought this was a great idea and they went to work incorporating Wii content into their site.
If you go to traineo.com now, you can choose “playing the Wii” as a fitness activity (among other typical workouts) and put the time and intensity levels in. Traineo takes care of the rest, giving you motivation to meet your goals, reminders about your weight, tools to track your progress, training graphs, diet charts, and a Wii Group that has 100’s of members ready talk all about “Wii Fitness” and share their routines, ideas, and results.
Traineo has become such a great supporter of the Wii and my experiment, that I asked if they’d like to be involved with my book, “Wii Fitness”, which is currently being developed with the literary agency, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates, Inc. The book is based on my experiment and hopefully will be out in the coming months. My hope is to allow people to use the book in conjunction with their Wii and Traineo.com to provide them with all the means necessary to stay on track with their workout routines. It’s exciting to think that hundreds of people will be undertaking an all digital workout plan and if the media attention I received after my experiment is any indication it should inspire a whole new fitness regime for a lot of people.
I spoke to TIME Magazine last week about my experiment and Traineo side project, they told me that they were just on the phone with Nintendo and that they were very excited about the whole project.
From the article: Two months after dismissing the Wii’s exercising potential, Nintendo spokeswoman Perrin Kaplan now embraces it. “One of our hopes was that people would find a way to enjoy the Wii sitting on the couch or getting up and moving their body around,” she says. “This huge fitness craze was more than we had anticipated.”
Traineo took things one step further to get people pumped up about using the Wii as a fitness tool and decided to create a Wii video contest, where Wii Group members on traineo will be able to upload their own motivational videos. You can read more about the contest in their official press release:
Cambridge, MA (PRWeb) February 5, 2007 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Traineo.com, the webÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fastest growing fitness community, has launched a contest to award an Ã¢â‚¬ËœUltimate Wii Fitness PackageÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ and other prizes to users who submit the best motivational health and fitness video(s) via the Wii Group at traineo.com (http://wii.groups.traineo.com).
The contest allows members of the Wii Group at traineo to submit a motivational video entry via the free video sharing website YouTube.com (all entries must be received by midnight March 1, 2007). TraineoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s judges will then pick ten videos that best encompass the themes of motivation, exercise, self-improvement and achievement for the Grand Final. Traineo Wii Group members will then have a chance to vote for their favorite video. The lucky winners of the contest will be announced on the Wii Group page at traineo.com shortly after the close of the competition at midnight on March 22, 2007.
The first prize entry, based on the largest number of votes in the Grand Final, will receive an Ã¢â‚¬ËœUltimate Wii Fitness PackageÃ¢â‚¬â„¢, which includes a Nintendo Wii Console bundled with Wii Sports, traineo T-Shirt, traineo Digital Fitness Scale and Polar FS1 Heart Rate Monitor. Other prizes will be awarded to the runner-up and to videos ranked through to sixth place.
The inspiration behind the contest is Mickey DeLorenzoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬ËœWii Sports ExperimentÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ (http://wiinintendo.net/2007/01/15/wii-sports-experiment-results/), a six week project documenting the fitness benefits of playing the Nintendo Wii. DeLorenzoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s experiment, presented through his blog WiiNintendo.net, has since been the topic of world-wide media interest surrounding the Wii as a new fitness tool.
DeLorenzo, a Philadelphia native, stated, Ã¢â‚¬Å“I think this is a great idea and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m excited to see what I started motivate so many people at traineo. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s amazing to see a community building around this and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m really excited to see what ideas people come up with for the videos.Ã¢â‚¬?
“I think itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s brilliant that so many people are using the Wii to become more active and get in shape,Ã¢â‚¬? said Alasdair McLean-Foreman, CEO of traineo. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Mickey and a number of our users were already using traineo to track their workouts and fitness progress so we decided to launch this promotional contest to engage and motivate even more people in the traineo community to follow suit.Ã¢â‚¬?
To view the current contest entries or to submit a video entry to win the Ã¢â‚¬ËœUltimate Wii Fitness PackageÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ please visit http://wii.groups.traineo.com to sign-up for a free traineo account.